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Republican Mitt Romney Defeats Obama In Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee voters have chosen Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.

The former Massachusetts governor, who lost to Rick Santorum in the state's Republican primary in March, had few problems gaining Tennessee's 11 electoral votes Tuesday.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 59 percent of the votes, while Obama had 39 percent.

Tennessee has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in each election since 2000.

Voters also gave a second term to Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. He defeated Democrat Mark Clayton, a part-time floor installer who was disavowed by the state party after the primary for his anti-gay views.

In returns, Corker had 65 percent, compared with Clayton's 30 percent.

(Copyright 2012 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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